Not even Harold Camping’s vision of the future could have seemed this bleak. In an interview with the UK’s version of 60 Minutes, Brad Pitt
threatened claimed that he’ll retire from acting within three years.
When asked why was he ready to step down from being one of the biggest, most respected movie stars on the planet, the 47-year-old said, “I am really enjoying the producing side and development of stories and putting those pieces together. And getting stories to the plate that might have had a tougher time otherwise … I have gotten away with a few things in writing and I have been pissed off about a few things. How’s that?” What’s he pissed about exactly? “Oh, dear God. I mean, come on. I’m gonna pass on that one.” (Listen, Brad, whatever it is that upset you, we promise to make it up to you. Was it this? We totally understand. But we’ll all get through this together!) See Pitt’s interview here.
While Pitt and his family, unquestionably, live their life under the microscope (“The privacy issues are something we’re always battling”), is it wishful thinking to simply call his bluff on this? Will he really retire at the height of his career? (This year marked one of his best years in quite some time, thanks to Moneyball and Tree of Life.) Plus, who’s going to save us from the zombie apocalypse now?
Watch the full interview below, in which Pitt also talks about why “happiness is overrated” and re-claims the sexiest man alive title from George Clooney for himself.
Do you think Brad Pitt was serious about retiring from acting by 2014? Or was it an off-the-cuff remark? Do fans have anything to worry about? Will Pitt stick to his word and become the first actor of his kind to step down in his prime, or will he simply pull a Jay-Z and eventually un-retire? Share in the comments section below.